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Karnataka to train women SHG members on solid waste management in rural areas

These women will be engaged as ‘Swachha Karmikas’ by their local gram panchayats to carry out solid waste management duties like daily waste collection, waste segregation, Swaccha Vahini driving, and so on
Karnataka to train women SHG members on solid waste management in rural areas
Karnataka to train women SHG members on solid waste management in rural areas

The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Energy and Development (MGIRED), in collaboration with the Karnataka’s Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj along with the state’s Department of Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation, and the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), is training 18,000 rural women from the state’s self-help groups (SHGs) in various aspects such as solid waste management and solar energy utilisation in rural areas. These women will be engaged as ‘Swachha Karmikas’ by their local gram panchayats to carry out solid waste management duties like daily waste collection, waste segregation, Swaccha Vahini driving, and so on, the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India has said today.

The programme consists of five days of classroom training and exposure trips. The goal of the programme is to provide SHG members with the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently administer ‘SwacchaSankeerna’ as a business module and to make the solid waste management (SWM) unit self-sustaining, hence providing a source of financial assistance for SHG members, the ministry has informed.

According to Parameswar Hegde, Director – Implementation Support Activities, Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Department (RDWSD), Government of Karnataka, the classroom training will be offered in all 30 districts this fiscal year would benefit 18,000 rural women, providing them with an alternative source of income. The programme is free of charge and includes travel, boarding, and accommodation for three women from each of the gram panchayats in Karnataka. This year, 600 batches will be covered with 30 women in each batch, with each batch costing between Rs. 70,000 and Rs. 1 lakh.

According to the ministry, SHG members will learn about renewable energy sources, solid waste management, different composting technologies for wet waste, the idea of biogas for managing biodegradable waste, and the importance of menstrual health and its management after the training. The trained members are expected to carry out duties like waste segregation, wet waste composting, and biogas unit management at their respective gram panchayats, which they learned during practical demonstrations.

Further, MoUs will be signed with the local gram panchayats for the trained women to be absorbed into the Gram Panchayat Level Federation (GPLF).

Agenda of the 5-day training programme
  • Introduction to Energy, Renewable Energy – solar, wind, small hydro and bioenergy at MGIRED.
  • Introduction to waste and solid waste management with activities.  This comprised of group discussion, drawing, conducting surveys at MGIRED campus.
  • Visit to solid waste management unit, at nearby gram panchayat for practical exposure on primary segregation, secondary segregation and tendering.
  • Vermicomposting techniques (theory and practical) at MGIRED.
  • Visit to solid waste management unit, at nearby gram panchayat for practical exposure on primary segregation, secondary segregation and tendering.
  • Introduction to biogas technologies and their maintenance- different models of biogas units, government schemes, guidelines and subsidy for biogas plants at MGIRED.
  • Energy park demonstration at MGIRED.
  • Maintenance of sanitary pads, alternatives to sanitary pads.
  • Pipe composting theory and practical at MGIRED.
  • Visit to solid waste management unit at nearby gram panchayat for practical exposure on primary segregation, secondary segregation and tendering.
  • Case studies of biogas bottling plant and biogas to electricity plant and visit to biogas to electricity plant and commercial vermicompost methods at nearby agriculture college.
  • Assessment and feedback from participants at MGIRED.

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